Elaine Maxham Diller
PO Box 415, Marlinton, WV 24954
I love sharing the beauty of my West Virginia home through my original pastel drawings of wildflowers. I have lived in these mountains much of my adult life, finding inspiration in the breathtaking vistas, the delicacy of the flowers, and the exquisite beauty of the woods, valleys, and riversides in Pocahontas County. Focusing on the details of each bloom and leaf as I draw gives me respite from a very busy world. I love the freedom this medium gives me as I blend and layer colors for each creation.
Self-taught except for occasional workshops through the years and now through online tutorials.
Certificate of Completion at New River CTC Workforce Education for course entitled Designing Effective Websites. 24 hours of training and 2.5 CEUs 2016
2016 – Present
Self-employed artist, selling my most recent work using a soft pastel medium. I market prints and note cards through my website www.naturesingsart.com, and in local gift shops. I also post on social media sites (links are on my website).
I helped create and now administer a satellite office/distance learning center for New River Community and Technical College and Pocahontas County Commission, bringing higher education to a remote area.
I was a juried artist and wholesaled hand-made note cards to Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia.
1993 - 2009
Co-Founder and owner of Morning Star Folk Arts, retail and wholesale business in Hillsboro, WV. Featured West Virginia-made artwork, crafts, folk toys, books and music.
· Created and sold my framed originals, prints, and note cards of wildflower drawings in pastel and ink.
· Created and managed websites for family music, art, WV-made retail and wholesale businesses: morningstarfolkarts.com and morningstarfolkmusic.com
· Worked in textiles and design with a series of dolls entitled “WV Heritage Dolls”. I worked from original designs based on period concepts, fabricating all clothing by hand
and machine stitching.
Marlinton Women’s Club Arts and Crafts Show
Pocahontas County Art Guild
Website design, creation and maintenance
Crewel embroidery using original drawings